Research Western

Western Strategic Support for NSERC Success

Jointly funded by the office of the Vice-President (Research) and the researcher's faculty, Western's Strategic Support for NSERC Success program offers three funding opportunities identified as Seed, Bridge and Accelerator grants. These grants are targeted at researchers who are not currently holding external NSERC funding or are preparing to submit to  a higher NSERC grant value. The intent of these grants is to offer critical, one-time funding to support an individual investigator’s research activities for the subsequent development of strong, competitive submissions to external, peer-reviewed research sponsors.

The merit of each proposal will be assessed by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) on innovation, impact, deliverables (both long- and short-term), proposed methodology, HQP training plan and proposed budget. Successful applicants are expected to develop and submit competitive research proposals to a NSERC competition within two years of the award’s start date. Scroll down for application form and instructions


2017 Guidelines will be available by August 1st, 2017. The following guidelines should be used as reference only.


Dean's Deadline               Check with relevant Dean's office
RDS Deadline November 15, 2017
Presentations November/December 2017
Results available by            January 2018







2017 application forms will be available by August 1, 2017. The following documents should be used as reference only.

Indirect costs are not supported by this program.



Western Contact:

Internal competitions are administered by Research Development & Services, Room 5150, Support Services Building (519-661-2111, ext. 84500,

For more information or questions, please contact: Elizabeth Russell-Minda, Research Development Officer: 519-661-2111 ext. 88701